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While some have been put off travelling to Russia, Iceland’s famous supporters are planning to take their first ever World Cup by storm.

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Tolfan, the Iceland supporters’ association, may not know their exact number of members but, as vice president Sveinn Asgeirsson tells Sky Sports, everyone is invited canada goose outlet store toronto to the party.

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While safety fears have discouraged large numbers of England fans from travelling to Russia, Asgeirsson is optimistic about the trip and insists his fellow supporters will set off in good spirits, excited by the chance to follow up their Euro 2016 French adventure.

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While the supporters and their Viking chants went viral, their players pulled off a string of shocks, holding off Portugal and Hungary before beating Austria to progress to the Canada Goose Outlet knockout phase, where they embarrassed England in the last 16. It was some summer.

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Iceland won their qualifying group for Russia 2018, finishing ahead of Croatia, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland and Kosovo. Now drawn with Argentina, Croatia and canada goose vest outlet Nigeria in Group D at the World Cup, their fans are relishing the prospect of more upsets.

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“It’s quite strange our first game for our first major tournament was against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best players in the world. And now our first game in our first World Cup is against Argentina and Lionel Messi, the other best player in the world.

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“I think we’ll play a similar way against Argentina. I know Messi is playing, but he’s only one man and it’s eleven against eleven. It is going to be fun.”

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Football fever has certainly gripped Iceland. While the idea of the national team winning on the biggest stages was once unimaginable, the accomplishments of this generation of players is now not only bringing together the country’s supporters but also inspiring its children.

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“I think what the guys are doing is building up hopes for the young kids,” said Asgeirsson. “I was told when I was a kid and practising football at the age of five, six and seven that we would probably never see Iceland qualify for the World Cup or the Euros.

“It was a distant dream that you basically never think about. Well, we’ve been to the Euros and now we’re going to the World Cup, so those coaches back in the day had it wrong.”

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